Supporting documents


Visit your program page for detailed information on additional documents, such as a statement of purpose, writing sample, application for assistantship, academic C.V., etc.

Once you have submitted your application, the required documents for each program you have applied to will be listed on your application page.


  • A record of study is required from each university-level institution you have attended.
  • Transcripts in languages other than English or French must be accompanied by an English or French translation provided by the institution issuing the transcript, or by a certified translator. A copy in the original language is also required; an English or French translation alone is not sufficient.
  • An unofficial copy of your complete university-level academic record to date must be uploaded through your applicant page.
  • If the transcript does not indicate that a degree has been conferred, a copy of the degree certificate (diploma) will also need to be uploaded.
  • If you receive an offer of admission you will be required to make arrangements for an official copy of each transcript to be sent to McGill University.

Letters of reference

Below are general guidelines for letters of recommendation. Some departments have special requirements regarding letters of recommendation, such as requiring a third letter or a specific appraisal form. Please validate with the unit/department you are applying to, to ascertain if there are further instructions for letters of recommendation. Refer to the program page for the academic unit website, email and mailing address.

  • Two (2) letters of recommendation are normally required.
  • You must identify on the application form two instructors who are familiar with your work, and who are willing to write the letters of recommendation. You must provide a valid institutional e-mail address for each referee.
  • McGill University will send an email to each referee you identify on the application form, asking for a reference in support of your application to be admitted.  If no response is received, a reminder message will be sent every two weeks. In rare cases a referee may decline the request; you will be advised by email if your selected referee declines, and you will be asked to provide an alternate. Referees will be invited to login to a secure portion of the McGill website where they can upload the letter(s) of reference.  

You will be able to make changes such as updating email addresses and replacing referees or adding a new referee should one decline the reference request.

Letters must meet the following conditions:

  1. The program the student has applied to must be clearly indicated and the letter should include information that would aid an admissions committee in making an informed decision.
  2. Letters must be dated and not be more than 12 months old.
  3. The referee must indicate his/her position and full contact information at the institution.
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